For the past week – ever since Ronaldo was accused of tax evasion – there have been suggestions that he might be leaving Real Madrid. “[I have] complete confidence [that he is innocent], he has always wanted to fulfill his fiscal commitments”, Perez told radio station Onda Cero. What I have been told is that he is using the same corporate structure that he used in the United Kingdom and there were no problems there.
He claims no clubs have made an offer for Ronaldo, or Manchester United target, Alvaro Morata. “He had bad luck this season, but he has given us much satisfaction”.
Ronaldo’s inability to leave a mark on the game in other ways other than scoring has hurt his team at times, especially in the Spanish league. Ronaldo is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.
Last week, the Portuguese worldwide was accused of €14.7m in tax evasion through offshore companies. Right now he is a Madrid player. He is one of the most celebrated athletes of his generation and Manchester United would have a dream come true if they were to sign Ronaldo.
Zidane replaced Rafael Benitez as the man in charge at Madrid in January 2016 and has guided them to back-to-back Champions League titles, while also winning LaLiga for the first time since 2011-12.
He was presented at the Bernabeu in front of 80,000 fans, as Perez attempted to bring together a second group of “Galacticos”.
The Colombia global was left out of Zidane’s squad for the Champions League final victory over Juventus, fuelling speculation he would be sold, but Perez has no interest in parting with the playmaker.
He did say Ronaldo is under contract, but everyone knows that.
Ronaldo is with Portugal at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation and has not said anything about his future since the A Bola story was published. Talking but saying nothing.
While Spanish and English media reports suggested that Ronaldo may return to Manchester United or move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Italian sports paper Gazetto dello Sport has been reporting in recent days that Bayern may be the next club for the 32-year-old forward.
Speculation over Ronaldo’s future is set to be broached later on Monday by Real president Perez, who stood unopposed for re-election this month and will now continue at the head of the European and Spanish champions until 2021. And the wait may be a long one.
Real insisted they were “absolutely convinced” Ronaldo would prove his innocence and pledged him the club’s “full confidence”.